Guns of Navarone

Guns of Navarone

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Director: J. Lee Thompson

Cast: Gregory Peck, David Niven, Anthony Quinn

     
 

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The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David… See more details below

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The guns of Navarone are huge Nazi cannons, installed on an Aegean island behind enemy lines. Anthony Quayle is the officer assigned by the British to lead a task force to put the guns out of commission. When Quayle is injured, the mission winds up in the relatively inexperienced hands of Gregory Peck. There's little love lost between Peck, explosives expert David Niven and Greek patriot Anthony Quinn, especially when it becomes known that there's a traitor in their midst. Resistance leader Irene Papas weeds out the traitor, but there's still those guns to take care of. Filmed on location in Rhodes and distinguished by Oscar-winning special effects, Guns of Navarone (based on Alistair MacLean's best-seller was a major box-office hit of 1961; less successful was the pared-down 1977 sequel, Force Ten From Navarone.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of the most popular World War II films ever made, The Guns of Navarone boasts a superb international cast, lavish production values, picturesque locations, cliff-hanging action, and Oscar-winning special effects. Adapted from Alistair MacLean's bestselling novel, Navarone, the film follows a team of Allied commandos that includes an American officer (Gregory Peck), a British explosives expert (David Niven), and a Greek freedom fighter (Anthony Quinn). Their landing on a Greek island and subsequent attempt to destroy a battery of huge guns deployed by Nazis in a seemingly impregnable fortress consume nearly three hours, but director J. Lee Thompson (Cape Fear) never allows the pace to flag. He keeps viewers riveted with a succession of breathtaking stunts and narrow escapes, while the actors supply top-notch performances. An intelligent, suspenseful wartime drama that garnered seven Academy Award nominations, The Guns of Navarone is just as fresh and exciting today as it was upon original release nearly 40 years ago.
All Movie Guide
1961's The Guns of Navarone is proof that excitement and drama have always owed more to good storytelling than to computer graphics and hurtling asteroids. A classic underdog war tale, the film boasts strong human drama and intense emotional involvement, thanks in large part to the compelling performances of Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, David Niven, and Anthony Quayle. The huge scale of the production -- hundreds of extras were used in the on-location Mediterranean shoot -- adds to the film's realistic tension. Navarone took home an Academy Award for its special effects; writer Carl Foreman would be nominated for Best Screenplay for his first official screen credit since being blacklisted. Some rental copies may contain unnecessary edits and dubbing; look for the restored version.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/23/2000
UPC:
0043396051706
Original Release:
1961
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gregory Peck Capt. Keith Mallory
David Niven Corporal Miller
Anthony Quinn Col. Andrea Stavrov
Stanley Baker CPO Butcher Brown
Anthony Quayle Maj. Roy Franklin
James Darren Pvt. Spiro Pappadimos
Richard Harris Squadron Leader Barnsby
Irene Papas Maria Pappadimos
Gia Scala Anna
Bryan Forbes Cohn
Allan Cuthbertson Maj. Baker
Michael Trubshawe Maj. Weaver
Percy Herbert Grogan
George Mikell Sessler
Walter Gotell Muesel
Tutte Lemkow Nicholai
James Robertson Justice Narrator: Jensen
Albert Lieven Commandant
Norman Wooland Patrol's Captain
Christopher Rhodes German Gunnery Officer

Technical Credits
J. Lee Thompson Director
Monty M. Berman Costumes/Costume Designer
Geoffrey Drake Production Designer
Cecil F. Ford Producer
Carl Foreman Producer,Screenwriter
Maurice Fowler Set Decoration/Design
George Frost Makeup
Olga Lehmann Costumes/Costume Designer
Oswald Morris Cinematographer
Alan Osbigton Editor
Alfred Perry Songwriter
Wally Schneiderman Makeup
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Wally Veevers Special Effects
Bill Warrington Special Effects
Paul Francis Webster Songwriter
Peter Yates Asst. Director

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